Action of the Month for September
To reduce its energy use, set your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees and insulate your water heater if it is in an unheated space. The water heater is typically the largest use of energy in the home after heating and cooling.
Setting the water heater temperature to 120 degrees gives you these benefits:
DID YOU KNOW…
If you are a NorthWestern Energy (NWE) residential customer, you can check the following link for their rebates and incentives programs for natural gas water heating, electric water heating, hot water tank insulation, hot water pipe insulation, and Energy Star rated purchases. Residential Services for Montana
You may want to bookmark or save this link as a favorite you can return to.
Members of their NWE’s Low Incomes Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) may also qualify NWE’s weatherization services like furnace, boiler, or water heater inspections, sealing air leaks, and wrapping water heaters for home or apartment. Contact them for services.
To save more energy used to run water heaters, consider replacing your unit with a solar water heater, tankless water heating, or geothermal pre-heating options. You can look into these options, as well as the Energy Star rated purchases, to see which may possible and work best for you. Remember to check NorthWestern Energy for possible rebates.
Note: If your water heater’s tank leaks, you probably need a new water heater.
Adapted with permission from materials produced by
Earth Care for Hoosier-IPL www.EarthCareIndiana.org
Action of the Month
Join our Creation Care’s Action of the Month Program to carry out a monthly task for the earth!
Purpose of the program:
Part of our spiritual calling for personal discipleship at home and work is to care for creation. Because the quantity of actions this implies can seem overwhelming, our Action of the Month Program provides one action to take each month. At the end of the month, you have a new habit. And if you find the basic action is something you already do, or if you find it not appropriate to your situation, or if you simply want to be a high-achiever, you can also find an advanced option to use as your alternative.